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Free long printable trivia quiz about Dr. Seuss the author of childrens books
Who was Dr Seuss?
A: Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children's author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, screenwriter, filmmaker, and artist.
He is best known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under what pen name?
A: Doctor Seuss (abbreviated Dr. Seuss.
His work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time selling how many copies?
A: Over 600 million copies.
The books have been translated into how many languages?
A: More than 20.
When did Geisel adopted the name "Dr. Seuss"?
A: As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College and as a graduate student at the University of Oxford.
He left Oxford in 1927 to begin his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for whom?
A: Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications.
When did he publish his first children's book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street"?
A: In 1937.
During World War II, he took a brief hiatus from children's literature to illustrate what?
A: Political cartoons and he also worked in the animation and film department of the United States Army.
While working for the Army he wrote, produced or animated many productions – both live-action and animated – including Design for Death, which later won what?
A: The 1947 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
After the war, Geisel returned to what?
A: Writing children's books.
He published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including how many television specials?
Geisel won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for what?
A: Horton Hatches the Egg.
He won again in 1961 for what?
A: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
Geisel's birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for what?
A: The National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
Where was Geisel born and raised?
A: In Springfield, Massachusetts.
Who were his parents?
A: Henrietta (née Seuss) and Theodor Robert Geisel.
All four of his grandparents were what?
A: German immigrants.
What did his father do?
A: He managed the family brewery and was later appointed to supervise Springfield's public park system by Mayor John A. Denison after the brewery closed because of Prohibition.
Geisel was raised with what religion?
What high school did he attend?
A: Springfield Central High School.
When did he graduate from high school?
A: He graduated in 1921.
He took an art class as a freshman and later became manager of the what?
A: The school soccer team.
What college did Geisel attend?
When did he graduate from Dartmouth?
At Dartmouth, he joined what fraternity?
A: The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
He also joined what magazine?
A: The humor magazine Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern.
He eventually rose to what rank?
While at Dartmouth, he was caught doing what?
A: Drinking gin with nine friends in his room.
At the time, the possession and consumption of alcohol was what?
A: Illegal under Prohibition laws.
As a result of this infraction, Dean Craven Laycock insisted that Geisel do what?
A: Resign from all extracurricular activities, including the college humor magazine.
To continue work on the Jack-O-Lantern without the administration's knowledge, Geisel began signing his work with what?
A: The pen name "Seuss".
He was encouraged in his writing by professor of rhetoric W. Benfield Pressey, whom he described as what?
A: His "big inspiration for writing" at Dartmouth.
Upon graduating from Dartmouth, he entered Lincoln College, Oxford, intending to earn a degree in what?
A: English literature.
At Oxford, he met Helen Palmer, who encouraged him to give up becoming an English teacher in favor of what?
A: Pursuing drawing as a career.
Geisel left Oxford without earning a degree and returned to the United States in February 1927 where he immediately began doing what?
A: Submitting writings and drawings to magazines, book publishers, and advertising agencies.
Making use of his time in Europe, he pitched a series of cartoons called Eminent Europeans to what magazine?
A: Life magazine, but the magazine passed on it.
His first nationally published cartoon appeared in the July 16, 1927, issue of what?
A: The Saturday Evening Post.
This single $25 sale encouraged Geisel to do what?
A: Move from Springfield to New York City.
Later that year, Geisel accepted a job as writer and illustrator at what humor magazine?
When did his first cartoon for Judge appear?
A: On October 22, 1927.
When were the Geisels married?
A: On November 29, 1927.
Geisel's first work signed "Dr. Seuss" was published in Judge about six months after what?
A: After he started working there.
In early 1928, one of Geisel's cartoons for Judge mentioned FLIT, a common bug spray at the time manufactured by whom?
A: Standard Oil of New Jersey.
According to Geisel, where did the wife of an advertising executive in charge of advertising FLIT see Geisel's cartoon?
A: At a hairdresser's and she urged her husband to sign him.
Geisel's first Flit ad appeared on May 31, 1928, and the campaign continued sporadically until when?
The campaign's catchphrase "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" became what?
A: A part of popular culture.
It spawned a song and was used as a punch line for comedians such as whom?
A: Fred Allen and Jack Benny.
As Geisel gained notoriety for the FLIT campaign, his work was in demand and began to appear regularly where?
A: In magazines such as Life, Liberty, and Vanity Fair.
Geisel supported himself and his wife through the Great Depression by drawing advertising for whom?
A: General Electric, NBC, Standard Oil, Narragansett Brewing Company, and many other companies.
In 1935, he wrote and drew what short-lived comic strip?
In 1936, the couple was returning from an ocean voyage to Europe when the rhythm of the ship's engines inspired what?
A: The poem that became his first book: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
Based on Geisel's varied accounts, the book was rejected by how many publishers?
A: Between 20 and 43 publishers.
According to Geisel, he was walking home to burn the manuscript when a chance encounter with an old Dartmouth classmate led to what?
A: Its publication by Vanguard Press.
Geisel wrote four more books before the US did what?
A: Entered World War II.
As World War II began, Geisel turned to what?
A: Political cartoons, drawing over 400 in two years as editorial cartoonist for the left-leaning New York City daily newspaper, PM.
Geisel's political cartoons, later published in Dr. Seuss Goes to War, denounced whom?
A: Hitler and Mussolini.
In 1942, Geisel turned his energies to direct support of what?
A: The U.S. war effort.
First, he worked drawing posters for whom?
A: The Treasury Department and the War Production Board.
Then, in 1943, he joined the Army as a Captain and was commander of what?
A: The Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces.
While in the Army, he was awarded what?
A: The Legion of Merit.
After the war, Geisel and his wife moved to La Jolla, California, where he returned to doing what?
A: Writing children's books.
Geisel went on to write many children's books, both in his new simplified-vocabulary manner (sold as Beginner Books) and in what?
A: His older, more elaborate style.
In 1956, Dartmouth awarded Geisel with an honorary doctorate, finally justifying what?
A: The "Dr." in his pen name.
On April 28, 1958, Geisel appeared on an episode of what panel game show?
A: To Tell the Truth.
On October 23, 1967, his wife Helen did what?
A: Committed suicide.
Although he devoted most of his life to writing children's books, Geisel had no children of his own, saying what of children?
A: "You have 'em; I'll entertain 'em."
Geisel received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the professional children's librarians in 1980, recognizing his what?
A: His substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature.
At the time, it was awarded how often?
A: Every five years.
He won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1984 citing what?
A: His "contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America's children and their parents".
What did Geisel die of?
A: Oral cancer on September 24, 1991 at his home in La Jolla at the age of 87.